GSHPA staff joins the fun of World Thinking Day

By Rebekah Stefl

As you may know, Feb. 22 is a significant day for Girl Scouts. On this day, we celebrate World Thinking Day, the International Day of Friendship! Originally established in 1926, World Thinking Day is an opportunity for Girl Scouts and Girl Guides across the globe to celebrate their differences and friendships. In honor of the friendship between Lord Robert Baden-Powell, the founder of Boy Scouts, and Juliette Gordon Lowe, the founder of Girl Scouts, Baden-Powell’s birthday on Feb. 22 was selected as the official date for World Thinking Day.

Since 1926, Girl Guides and Girl Scouts celebrate World Thinking Day by learning and experiencing cultures around the world. Of course, Girl Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania (GSHPA) staff is no exception! GSHPA’s World Thinking Day celebration was led by its Cultural Awareness Committee (CAC). The committee’s mission is to educate and celebrate the diverse culture within GSHPA’s staff and stakeholders, as well as create and offer resources and tools to demonstrate appreciation and understanding for staff.

On Feb. 22, the GSHPA CAC brought the staff together for many cultural activities in honor of World Thinking Day. Staff members had the opportunity to participate in three category competitions for Best Background, Best Costume (Traditional) and Most Interesting Item from Another Country (see the winners in the slideshow below!).

GSHPA Staff World Thinking Day Category Winners

Afterward, our staff moved into virtual breakout rooms for fun activities to learn more about cultures around the world. They enjoyed trivia, games, learning about unique world festivals and much more. Along the way, staff members shared their own travel experiences and comradery! At the end of the event, the staff left with a variety of goodies including candies from across the globe, personalized luggage tags and a staff cookbook featuring family recipes from staff members.

We invite you to join in on the fun and follow this Mango Lassi recipe included in our GSHPA cookbook, submitted by GSHPA HR Generalist Nancy Spinella!

Mango Lassi Smoothie


  • 2 cups plain yogurt
  • 1 ripe mango (peeled, pitted and chopped)
  • 2 tbsp. sugar
  • 10 ice cubes
  • Thin curls of mango peels


  1. Process the yogurt, mango, sugar and ice cubes in a blender until the ice is partially crushed.
  2. Pour with ice into chilled mugs or glasses and garnish with the mango peel.
  3. Sip and enjoy!
Rebekah Stefl is a Volunteer Support Coordinator for Girl Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania. Reach her by email at

February event calendar available now

Join Girl Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania (GSHPA) as we gear up for another month full of programs for Girl Scouts of all ages! Visit our event calendar to view the full list of GSHPA programs offered.

In February we celebrate World Thinking Day, and this year’s theme is Our World, Our Equal Future. Explore with us as we learn about climate change and gender equality, discover female changemakers and how we can follow in their footsteps, and learn how we can change the world through fun videos, trivia, and activities.

Registration is open for all February events–we hope to see you there!

World Thinking Day

As we enter into February, GSHPA is getting excited for World Thinking Day! Observed by 10 million Girl Scouts and Girl Guides across 150 countries annually, World Thinking Day is a BIG DEAL! Since 1926, Girl Scouts of the USA, the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGS), and other organizations have been celebrating World Thinking Day on February 22nd

World Thinking Day is a day of international friendship and an opportunity to speak out on issues impacting girls and women. 2021’s theme celebrates what it means to be a peacebuilder and creating peace in the world around you! Peacebuilding is at the heart of Girl Scouting and is as important and relevant today as for the last 100 years. 

In order to help you celebrate World Thinking Day safely this year, GSHPA will be hosting a virtual celebration on February 20th from 1-3pm. Our virtual celebration features 3 different peacebuilding activities geared for different ages. Girl Scouts participate in the activity for their age group along with others if they would like. Find out more and register here.  

You can also find a list of Virtual World Thinking Day events happening around the country at this list compiled by Girl Scouts of Colorado, here.  

Hosting your own event? Learn more and get ideas at the activity guides below! 

WTD 2021 Girl Scout Activity Guides 

WTD 2021 WAGGS Activity Pack